Where Is Christianity with Casey Anthony?
I have to admit, the Casey Anthony trial was not on my radar the last few years or even during the insanity of the last few weeks when it seemed like half the country had gone mad with grief over the jury’s verdict.
But in recent days, I’ve noticed a trend on national and local news and even with “Friends” on Facebook. That trend is the harsh cry for “justice” to be done, for Casey Anthony to get what’s coming to her. Now, I’m all for punishing the guilty (when found guilty) and holding people accountable, but what I’ve seen lately verges on Old Testament fundamentalism. Have you ever noticed how people want justice for others and mercy for themselves?
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” seems to fit here. I know, I know: these are Gandhi’s words and not Christ’s, but the peaceful message rings clear and true just the same. After all, Paul’s letter to the Philippians says, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Instead, hateful speech and a mislabeling of God’s will is what I see pervading thoughts and being spread across the internet. Are Christians blinding themselves trying to put out Casey’s eye?
This should come as no surprise, but I don’t personally know Casey Anthony and suspect I never will. She is a stranger to me. But screaming “Baby killer” and holding signs that say “You’re going to Hell” or “Your judgment is coming” wouldn’t suggest one is trying to bridge a gap to her heart. It doesn’t form a personal relationship with her, and it certainly doesn’t
seem like a merciful form of proselytizing.
Don’t misconstrue my position. I am in no way defending Casey Anthony’s actions, no more than I should defend my own sinful nature. What I am saying is that we all fall short. And I for one don’t want a crowd of people telling me that I am going to Hell each time I sin. Thankfully I have a still, small voice inside that calls me to repent and a group of close friends to keep me accountable. And anyway, that kind of thing wouldn’t bring me closer to the person of Christ. I’m also pretty sure those who promote this message aren’t brought closer to Him by it either.
My prayer is that Casey Anthony comes to know Jesus as her savior. That she will repent and be forgiven for whatever sins she has committed. That one day she and her daughter will be reunited in perfect love.
Now that would be a story worth covering.
In His name